Crime

Hit-and-run call leads NPD to charging driver with careless driving

Hit-and-run call leads NPD to charging driver with careless driving

Nelson Police charged a man with careless driving after a vehicle was damaged in the 1000 Block of Front Street early Saturday morning.

The incident unfolded when NPD dispatch received a call of a hit-and-run on Front Street.

The person calling gave police a description of the vehicle that was later reported leaving Nelson, heading on Highway 3A towards Castlegar.

Police caught up to the vehicle, stopping the driver on Highway 3A west of Nelson without incident.

Alleged fire starter arrested; facing charges in Mackenzie

Alleged fire starter arrested; facing charges in Mackenzie

A man accused of starting two fires has been arrested and is facing charges, according to Mackenzie RCMP.

Theft ring likely at work in tri-city area; public asked to keep eyes peeled

Theft ring likely at work in tri-city area; public asked to keep eyes peeled

Police believe an organized group of criminals is likely targeting the area and driving the rash of recent property crimes, according to Trail RCMP Cpl. Darryl Orr.

“We believe there is a larger picture, with a group or groups of individuals working together,” Orr said, in reference to a significant spike in property crimes such as theft from auto, theft of auto, theft of license plates and/or insurance tags, etc. “The hard part is, identifying incidents we believe are related to a specific group, as opposed to a one-off crime of opportunity.

“We need to gather intelligence to make those determinations, and the more help we get from the public, the better,” he said.

Property crimes continue, police urge residents to caution

Property crimes continue, police urge residents to caution

A continuing rash of property crimes in the Trail area has prompted police to issue a warning to residents, according to RCMP Cpl. Darryl Orr.

“Over the past two months, the Trail and Greater District RCMP have responded to a number of reports of theft of motor vehicle, theft from motor vehicle and theft of license plates off vehicles,” Orr said. “(Police) wish to remind the public to be diligent with security measures. Make sure your vehicle is locked at all times, do not leave anything of value in your vehicle, and never leave the keys to your vehicle in your vehicle or in a location that is easily accessible to thieves. "

Shots fired as result of Richmond road rage

Shots fired as result of Richmond road rage

A bizarre incident in Richmond Monday appears to be a case of road rage taken to the absolute extreme, according to RCMP Cpl. Dennis Hwang.

"Shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 17 ... Richmond RCMP responded to reports of shots fired in the area of Westminster Highway and Garden City Road," Hwang said in a press release issued Tuesday. "Richmond RCMP patrol officers located a 22-year-old Richmond male in a white, late-model Toyota Corolla.

Hwang said the man was uninjured,but at least one bullet hole was found in the car.

Shamhala sees 104 drug seizures, 61 vehicles impounded

Shamhala sees 104 drug seizures, 61 vehicles impounded

Shambhala is over for another year, and RCMP Sgt. John Ferguson says 2015 was a mixed bag, with no vehicular crashes, but many impounded vehicles drug seizures.

"The WKTS and Nelson IRSU are very happy to report that there were no major crashes involving Shambhala in our patrol area," Ferguson said. "The RCMP and Integrated Unit worked long hours to ensure the motoring public arrived to their destinations safely. Our focus this year was on the aggressive driving and getting people to drive responsibly.

RCMP report no major accidents but numerous drug seizures involving Shambhala Music Festival patrons

Shambhala Music Festival was once again a hit as approximately 15,000 people attended event near Salmo. But RCMP was out in full force patrolling the highways, and in the process, charged more than 20 people with drug possession. — The Nelson Daily photo

Sergeant John Ferguson of the West Kootenay Traffic Services said police are happy to report that there were no major accidents involving patrons attending last week’s Shambhala Music Festival near Salmo.

Ferguson said the WKTS and Integrated Road Safety Unit worked long hours to ensure the motoring public arrived to their destinations safely.

“Our focus this year was on the aggressive driving and getting people to drive responsibly,” Ferguson said in a media release Thursday.

UPDATED: CRA scam now targeting Salmo residents

UPDATED: CRA scam now targeting Salmo residents

Cpl. Riordan Bellman of the Salmo RCMP is advising people that area residents have received phone calls, letters and emails from individuals stating they are from Canada Revenue asking for money that is owing.

Earlier this week Nelson Police Department put out the same warning to residents of the Heritage City.

"Never give out personal information to anybody as these are scams," Bellman said. 

West Kootenay gets online Neighbourhood Watch

West Kootenay gets online Neighbourhood Watch

The West Kootenay now has its own Neighbourhood Watch community on Facebook. It was originally just Castlegar Neighbourhood Watch, but the page creator changed the name to provide a wider range and more resources for those using the page – and it already has 375 followers, 336 of whom joined the page just in the past week.

Christopher Stevenson, of Greenwood, started the page to build on the success of the Boundary Neighbourhood Watch page, which he also created, and which currently boasts 1,245 followers on Facebook. So why start such a group for a community in which you don’t even live?

RCMP asking public to be on the lookout for two stolen Dagger kayaks

The two Dagger kayaks, seen here in the picture, were stolen outside the entrance to the Shambhala Music Festival. — Photo courtesy RCMP

A couple of music lovers attending the 2015 Shambhala Music Festival reported their kayaks had been stolen in the early hours of Sunday morning RCMP said.

RCMP Sergeant Mike Wicentowich told The Nelson Daily Sunday the couple had attended the music festival Saturday, and when they returned to their vehicle, the two kayaks were missing.

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